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of 35 military personnel to ukraine. the unarmed troops come from 18 different countries. they're currently on their way to odessa in southern ukraine. the mission was requested by pro-western authorities in kiev. that's scheduled to last until march 12th. >>> social media has played a huge role in the crisis of ukraine from government officials and traditional press to the protesters themselves. twitter, facebook and other social media is being used to talk about it, and in some cases propel and move forward the rapidly changing events. photos and videos are being posted online for the world to see. take a look at this from catarina, a 22-year-old ukrainian activist, who has been live tweeting from kiev since november. >> reporter: social media has played a huge role. to be honest at least at one moment on december 11th when a crackdown in maidan was taking place, it seemed to me that social media and facebook, they were th the decisive moments. when we started sharing the message. this is a perfect explanation of what social media played here on maidan. this is sharing inform
intervention in ukraine. >> from crimea, kiev, moscow and washington our correspondents are on the ground with the very latest. >>> eye of the storm.
of what has happened in kiev and in ukraine as a whole, there can be only one definition, it is an unconstitutional coup and a military seizure of power. nobody is arguing with that. who is arguing with that? legally, there is only one message to the president. it's clear he doesn't have power. >> that's understandable. i have already said this and i want to repeat that the legitimate president is, of course, yanukovych. >> standing buy in moscow >> reporter: this is a fascinating press conference and one that seems designed to puncture the image of vladimir putin and an image that is common currency in the west. there he was back in front of a select group of journalists and instead of starting with a fiery speech, he began by asking them what they wanted to ask him about. so when they asked him about yanukovych, he said that yanukovych is the one and the only rightful president of the ukraine and that yanukovych hadn't given the order. they asked about the possibility of being engage of the ukraine. he said that wasn't going to happen any time soon, that there was no ne
in southern ukraine truth is this approach is that recounts looking to protect the release of ultra not chasing kiev. their idea no extra shine over. these other was a big needle and some boss a debt to china. i found it to four months achilles are accused of being modest in its app that lets you be buying that jaunty tune in their findings in this lab rats france. three the cup itself with the extreme photos of a crime and that is breaking out into him. the he's a comment like most cases it seems an auction with me next. and welcome to the problem ukraine's ounce of praise and thanks again to call the church sent this to the statement which said chance he's an only to give up into fine to hold onto our paths crossed line to the season extended test the keys in kyiv right now and i say so what did the awesome presence have to say. well the story of the city among others has turned into a genuine hollywood thriller. he fled to the ukraine's capital of five days ago. leaving all the governmental buildings macd the power itself in the capital to what was then that the political opposit
the situation here in ukraine. anne-marie. >> charlie d'agata. in the capital of kiev. thank you very much. >>> crimea has strategic importance for russia, it's located on the north coast black sea and cbs' analysis mike lyons said it's important to the world. >> the black sea fleet is there. it's the way of controlling the shipping lanes and its only warm water port. a strategic location for russia. they had an agreement with ukraine to keep naval forces there for a very long time. could it jeopardize the naval presence there. he can't have that so it's in his best interest to make sure russia controls that and would never fall into the hands of somebody else because if russia loses that naval port they lose a lot of protection of goods and services shipped to russia to the rest of the world. >> lyons things russia's ambitions for the ukraine are limited to crimea. >>> on the "cbs moneywatch" cleaner fuel will mean higher gas price us and who tops the list of the world's richest people. jill wagner is at the new york stock exchange with that and more. good morning, jill. >> good morning,
ukraine >> reporter: here in the ukrainian capitol of kiev, obviously people are keeping a close eye of what's happening on the crimean peninsula but they are looking at threats possibly to the entire crimenian nation. with dig nat taries coming here and hard words coming from moscow, this is a crisis on the international stage. russia has the peninsula surrounding. while a stand-off continues with some ukrainian forces holding firm behind this gate, intelligence officials worry about a greater threat surrounding the entire country. we have learned today that ukrainian intelligence is aware of the locations of russian tanks. just on the other side of the border. less than 150 miles from the capitol. meaning those forces could arrive in kiev in a matter of hours. president putin's goal may not be to enter the capitol, but it's an option he has been given with the blessing of the russian parliament. meanwhile, a new voice entered the fast-moving event as the russian prime miles per hour sister tool to facebook calling out ukraine's leaders saying they seized power illegally and the ous
for stability and to protect its citizens. kiev says the world is witnessing an invasion. ukraine's west tensions flared as pro russian protesters surrounded the dances regional politics to be sensitive to mix they went one further storming the building. these priests welcome moscow's recent actions. bush has said so in effect using crimea author of cool for conventions of the produce you cry the need to pick c and a coke which she addressing the un security council. russia's represent apprenticed in an alleged that the probe into full of presents for his assertions are unlikely to ease international pressure we are attending a whole series of steps. the hum and diplomatic. that will isolate russia. and will have a negative impact on. russia's economy and its status in the world. when he spoke was achieved in iraq but cute matches to be taken not question this is in breach of russia's international obligations and its commitments. we talked about the potential of spending by lump of coal country is among two from the new agreement and we will consider targeted nations. these next steps i
. >> this is of the first time mr. putin has done the world with a military takeover. he has taken crimea out of kiev control, but he will only take eastern ukraine as a rust resort -- last resort. pushingof wishing -- today the capital, he agreed to peace talks after five days of bombardment. is he thinking it is time to move to diplomacy? the problem is, how to bridge the gap. in kiev today, the secretary state route the promise of a billion dollar loan to the new government. the same government that putin insists seized power in an illegal and violent coup. >> if russia chooses not to do the asteroid, does not choose to work directly with the government of ukraine, then our partners will have absolutely no toice but to join us continue to expand upon steps we have taken in recent days in order to isolate russia politically, diplomatically, and economically. >> the americans have been talking tough. they have been pulling of military talks of and from predations for the g-8 summit. they are thinking of targeted sanctions, freezing assets, and revoking visas to people close to putin. broader economi
this as the imf kicks off ukraine's government on financial aid. steve sedgwick is in kiev. steve, we may see geopolitical risks here, but the crisis as far as the ukraine is concerned continues to remain, whether it's about the crimea or the economic situation. i know you've been talking to the economic minister. what did he say about the situation? >> both the economy minister and the prime minister, we've been running by them all morning and they were saying no more russian boots on cripplean soil. despite the fact that there is more risk on attitude, the fact is apparently there are 16,000 troops in crimea. there may be an end to those war games and a return to barracks to the east of this country and russia. ed this is a very popular ukrainian paper. i'll tell you what this says. it says this is occupation. and a ukrainian lady in crimea looking at the troops. despite the fact that there may be lessening of attention because of those troops return to go barracks, the fact is the threat remains. and the threat remains of potential action from russians and the concern that they will invade
to leave the streets, need to ensure normal life for the citizens of ukraine, including in kiev and other regions of the country. we need to take into account the interests of all the regions of ukraine. it will be difficult to get out of this difficult situation. the turbulent time that we face and the casualties are the consequences of the political crisis that ukraine faces. this is the result of the irresponsible policy of the west. ukraine is a strong country and we will prevail. we will get out of this crisis. i also urge to hold a ukrainian referendum. as for the issues that will be put on the referendum, we need to discuss these issues with the participation of the broad-spectrum of society. and of course, they have to reflect relevant problems the country is facing, also in terms of the states. >> yanukovych, i would like to hear out some questions. the first question is about my colleague. you're welcome to ask a question. the mic isn't working. please introduce yourself. the mic is not working. >> i am from the interfax agency. [indiscernible] >> please just talk as loudly as y
starts now. >>> good evening, everyone, we are live from kiev, ukraine today, dramatic developments on the ground and also fast moving diplomatic developments here in kiev, also in europe and the united states. we want to get to all of that in the hour ahead. this is one of the main roads going down into independence square. as you can see, there are barricades still all in place. this is very much still an active site of protest. there are still protesters here who are camped out. you can see some of them down there huddled around a
in the streets of ukraine, and in tough rhetoric from leaders in moscow, washington and kiev, as the u.s. called on russia to step back from what it now calls an act of aggression. good evening, i'm gwen ifill. >> woodruff: and i'm judy woodruff. also ahead this tuesday. president obama unveils his new budget blueprint, laying the groundwork for political battles over how to close the country's economic gaps. >> ifill: plus... >> with this app, we can make better decisions and maybe in the future i think we can change the world with this game. >> ifill: the california program introducing young men to the world of hack-a-thons and tech startups, training them to become the app developers of tomorrow. those are just some of the stories we're covering on tonight's pbs newshour. >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> at bae systems, our pride and dedication show in everything we do; from electronics systems to intelligence analysis and cyber- operations; from combat vehicles and weapons to the maintenance and modernization of ships, aircraft, and critical infrastructure. know
. >> reporter: i'm tim willcox live in kiev on independence square. at the heart of this crisis in ukraine. >>> also in the program, a third of all women in europe have been physically or sexually abused. the most e tensive survey of its kind also reveals one in 20 women say they've been raped. >>> the smog that's choking china, the country's prime minister blames it on inefficient and blind development. >>> also in the program, aaron is here looking at more of those challenges facing beijing. >> it's all about steering the world's second largest economy in the right direction. leaders are talking a leaner, cleaner growth tackling everything from smoke to corruption. beijing is also throwing more money at its military making the chinese defense budget now the second biggest in the world. >>> good to have you with us here on gmt. midday in london, 7:00 a.m. in london, 1:00 p.m. in paris where a face-to-face meeting between russia's foreign minister and the american secretary of state is due to begin shortly. it should be a critically important rendezvous in the effort to bring some calm to
with ukraine and the state is in the twenty fifth which is the same day. one of the new authorities in kiev are planning to hold nationwide presidential elections in fact it said the twenty oh seven local rights to hold any sort of referendums independently under new laws which have been passed easily in kiev and only time over and over the next year in the capital of the crimea. a group of unknown troll russian activists got inside the building of local parliament and raced the russian flag on top of that the foul weather didn't allow deputies to enter inside and are no reports of any sort of aggression from the noble soul several thousand people gathered outside the parliament is all a pro russian activists with russian flags and well the people that stay with their very concerned about the things that have been happening in kyiv especially about more and more nationalist coming to power there and they see that the law treaty to protect their national identity just explain the east and south east of ukraine where we are now is heavily populated by ethnic russians now although this is comi
center on ukraine to the people of poetics and not to trust the authorities in kiev and they even called on a referendum to be held in the news future to decide the future of the whole region right now is pretty much quiet but i just listened to one of the activists of the year of my time talking each year from the states that all ukrainian flags must be reinstated on all governmental buildings and a local news station buildings in the east of the country where this all might go nobody knows it's pretty much about the jack and we are done so they don't know what to expect in the nearest future here in the east of the country. i see as the organizer of an anti government rally in the southeastern city of tobacco and troughs to what's behind the protests even in the union address. we show them every day of the way that did it well. cultural differences in these countries. generally they imply that. we need protection. and this is the right thing. the police going down the country. they did a great deal that and the police now is just. it's just that both israel and the only way for us to c
, this goes much wider than what is happening within the borders of ukraine, and in many russia itself, president putin ordering this state of preparedness. that's being typified in this russia, t -- at least the information we're getting here in kiev. you can imagine when the situation is so volatile, people will be looking over their shoulders to see how this plays out. and of course it's not only the eastward flank, but also the european flank as well, and the prospect of europe becoming further involved, everyone playing this very, very ca care -- carefully, does they don't want to exacerbate the situation. you mentioned about the russia speakers being concerned about what a new administration in kiev may force on them,er so the russian speakers there very nervous about their future, although the parliament says it is not at the moment at least discussing accept aretism. >> there are so many rumors but one that is relevant, that the president is hiding on board a russian naval vessel down on the black sea, but we'll get more from moscow as soon as we can. i want to ask you b a eve
operations to ukraine. the mission was requested by pro-western authorities in kiev. their mission is scheduled to last until march 12th. >>> meanwhile, defense secretary chuck hagel spelling out the u.s. military role in ukraine today. >> we are pursuing measures to support our allies, including stepping up joint training in poland, an area i visited a few weeks ago. and augmenting our participation in nato's air policing mission on the baltic peninsula. >>> senator john mccain asking chuck hagel plainly is this the right time to reduce the military. >> your timing is exquisite. you are coming over here with a budget that we agree on, at least on the numbers at a time when the world is probably more unsettled than it has been since the end of world war ii. the invasion of crimea, geneva 2 collapse, iran negotiations stalled, the south china sea, china more and more aggressive, north korea fired missiles in the last few days, syria has now turned into a regional conflict, and the list goes on. >> meanwhile in crimea, some yooun -- ukrainian socialeds are being forced to choose side
, the area that borders with ukraine. officially these are military exercises but no one is missing the larger point. and just a few days since the fall of kiev, more and more people are saying it is starting to feel like old times, the times that brought us partitions and walls and east versus west and standoffs between super powers. with the now former president of ukraine missing and his government having fallen, tonight the u.s. has sent a warning to russia about how to proceed here after a provocative move. we get our report from richard engel who remains in kiev. >> reporter: good evening, brian, russian media described this as the biggest war game since the soviet era, it is being personally overseen by vladimir putin. the question tonight is this just saber-rattling or cover for military action? there were clashes today in crimea, between those who support last week's revolution and want closer ties to europe, and others who want crimea bound to mother russia. it is the southeastern-most part of ukraine, reaching out to the black sea just off the russian coast. crimea was pa
in the ukraine. kiev anongers went into showed up there, as they have done in libya,, iraq, and afghanistan. host: carol has this point. words, words, words. andan be deeply disturbed conserved, do we really think that putin cares? david kramer is a veteran of the george w. bush administration. he wrote this piece in the opinion section of the washington post called u.s. foreign policy comes home to roost. he says the president faces the greatest challenge in figuring out how to respond to russia's invasion of the ukraine. hishe response will define two terms in office as well as determine the future of ukraine, russia, and u.s. standing in the world. he says that among the things they can do is impose sanctions against russian state owned banks and financial institutions. also, terminate negotiations with russia on trade agreements or promoting businesses, and calling an emergency nato meeting. that is from david kramer and the washington post. next is herb from kansas. caller: good morning. host: how are you? caller: good. it has been about 10 years. host: why so long? caller: have not been abl
are preparing for war. in kiev where there has been bloodshed people expression their allegiance to ukraine, and the defines of russia -- defiance of russia. it's fighting rhetoric, and for now it's just talk. parliament has met in emergency session. the prime minister said russia had brought them to the briping of disaster. >> this is not a threat, it's a declaration of war to my country. we urge president vooladimir pun to pull back his military and stick to the international obligations and bilateral and multilateral agreements signed between ukraine and russia. >> there are nine recruiting stations in the capital. this office on the outskirts of kiev men were waiting outside before the doors opened. >> people have been responding enthusiastically to the call to mobilise. there are young men, older men, people with mittry experience, people without military experience, but they still want to take part. we have visited three stations in and around kiev. in the first three hours several hundred people had enlisted. >> somehow we had to win. we will win, but i am sure we have to win, and we
key airports. ukraine's interior minister says it is a russian invasion and occupation. kiev will ask moscow to extradite viktor yanukovych. a major crackdown as police in europe and the u.s. carry
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% of residents classified as obese. >>> now, to the unrest in ukraine. pat tin -- putin said he has no intense fight. john kerry arriveed in kiev. kerry urged the russian government stand down. >> reporter: president obama says there is a quote strong believe russia's action in -- ukraine violate international law. >> i don't think that's fooling anybody. >> reporter: earlier russian soldiers firing warning shots as unarmed ukrainian troops marches toward them. >> what's happening there is not based on actually concern for russian nationals or russian speakers inside of ukraine but is based on russia seeking through force to exert influence on a neighboring country. >> president obama speaking as sec it aof stair john kerry is in kiev for those killed. and calling for russia to deescalate the situation. >> if it's not willing to work protect i will with the government of ukraine, then our partners will have absolutely no choice but to join us to continue to expand upon steps we have taken in recent days in order to isolate russia politically, and economicically. >> reporter: president obama an
in kiev has nothing to do with them. it happened quickly. they have been outlawed. then over ruled and they feel they really don't have a part in the rest of ukraine. >> some people weren't happy to see our camera. because we are foreign, they think we won't tell the truth. the flags are russian, not ukrainian and saylor netaparink blames the west for what's happening in kiev? >> i am not happy. first of all, it was ignite from outside. europe and america support. >> it has been a naval base since the late 18th century. home to russia's black sea fleet. >> another old sailor says aleak answers here are clear. >> 90% of the people here are russian. the russian fleet is here. we have russian traditions. it's all russian here. >> that's why they think what's happening in kiev is such a problem. >> the people here seem very angry about the fact that ukrainian has been named the official language. it makes them feel left out since virtually everyone here speaks russian. >> they say they will stand their ground to be able to keep their ways. crimea was always a part of russia. in soviet
. may have to go to military centers around kiev and ukraine and report for duty, fighting men under 40 years old. we haven't seen, doesn't feel like this area itself is under threat, there's no military presence at the airport or around the square or on the roads. but the real concern is around the eastern border along the boarder with russia where you have a lot of russian speaking peoplea lots of russian loyalties. and the concern whether russian troops will advance in those areas, more importantly ukrainian forces can do at anything to defend against that. >> schieffer: all right. charlie, thank you so much. cbs news foreign correspondent, laura palmer is in southern ukraine and in route to the crimea region. >> thousands of russian troops are standing out over the crimean peninsula taking control. they're uniformed and they are setting up strategic location. many were based in the time i can't anyway with the russian black sea fleet on lease agreement with the ukraine. they left the bases and out on active duty. also appears some hounds of soldiers have been brought in from elsewh
of ukraine. the new government in kiev accusing russia of an armed invasion in the crimea region. signs that troops are moving in from russia. washington is talking with its allies in europe about consequences and ukraine's defense minister says radical groups are planning new activities in ukraine. our in-depth coverage begins in the southeast of ukraine. in the capital of crimea. jennifer glasse, defense minister says there are operations what he calls radical forces in the works. what are you hearing? >> reporter: well, john, tonight in crimea, the air space is choafd closed. we see a lot of armed men around here in the last day. th started in the middle of the night last night taking over sevastopol airport which is a military airport, they look very well trained, no military insignia, no identifying marks on their vehicles either. military trucks moving on the roads of crimea, certainly from the capitol and sevastopol, that is the headquarters of russia's black sea neat. we can't identify -- fleet. whee can'we can't identify who , who they answer to or what they are doing here. t
nationalist protest leaders fashions. rabbi jacob lake chief rabbi of kiev in ukraine was one of the signatories of the ladder another was rabbi michael composed and of the nair attended reform synagogue and temporal ball which was vandalized during the russian invasion with anti semitic or fiji including swastika the post and tell the time to natural that while the attack was anti semitic in a chair. it was not likely carried out by a member of any far right party because the emblems were botched composed in state canceled prayers on saturday eighth march first in an effort to keep as members out of danger zone. ukrainian nationalists have denied allegations that anti semitism telling jewish leaders and israeli diplomats that their movements reject anti semitism and did a phobia. every now and a french author bernard henri levy meanwhile has come out of his way to de bunk kremlin propaganda that the three month protest on independence square in kiev signaled a return to fascism. according to levy the only signs of anti semitism came from derek and riot police who denounced th
. -- they do confirm this. do you regret ever conducting any of these talks on the inuation in ukraine and kiev particular? negotiationsficial with the representatives of the opposition. you know there were a lot of them. the goal was to end bloodshed and violence. they were not able to find peaceful soul illusions. -- peaceful solutions. itould like to reaffirm that is not acceptable for me to see alternative to a peaceful solution. this has been due to the actions of these people. never gave any orders to the police to open fire. without anyas weapons until the very last moment when they were under threat and people started shooting at them. according to the law, the police has the right to self-defense, especially when there have been massive acts of attacks to the police. regressive lead. remember 2004 we had a similar situation. 40,000 people came to the railroad station. they could have been a clash of bloodshed. i went to the railroad station. i stopped be people. i prevented bloodshed. i talked to those who brought them. i said they will never forgive if blood is spilled. >> please take
withdrawal. the secretary of state, john kerry, he's due to fly out tonight, to go to kiev in ukraine. he spoke moments ago at the state department, and he condemned russian's invasion of crimea as an incredible act of aggression. in moscow, russian's parliament is considering legislation that could ultimately lead to the annexation of crimea as russian territory. the russian president putin appears to be taking a very active role in military drills in western russia. the exercises involve about 150,000 troops, along with aircraft and ships. putin called for snap drills and surprise inspections throughout the region. let's go straight to the region, cnn's anderson cooper in kiev. russian media denying they have issued an ultimatum, but ukrainian troops clearly worried. what is the latest you're seeing and hearing on the ground? >> there is a lot of concern. it's obviously an incredibly tense situation here in kiev. the central government, the new government here is shaky, at best. there is an interim president, new prime minister, prime minister saying this country is on the brink of disa
growing tensions in ukraine. secretary of state kerry leaves tonight for kiev to meet with lead leaders from the government. the acting president says crew members are ready to defend ships after troops demanded surrender. >> the russian troops, so is the global effort to penalize russia. at dabbing bass door talked with us about this crisis. >> this when criticizing the actions >> michael mcfall just returned to stanford two days ago. he's in agreement with president obama that russia must pay a price for sending in troops to the crima region. >> this is just unacceptable. you can't just invade a country and annexed territory. it can't happen in 2014. he believes economic sanctions will put a chill on foreign investment. if if you're looking now, say up street here or in america, have you three australia you have a fourth one, the board is thinking this is too risky. >> people are starting to hi about shifting their outsourcing to other countries. >> nobody thinks there is going to be a war but risk is there as a business person, why should i take that risk? world leaders considerate
of russia's legitimate interests in the ukraine meanwhile over in kiev the us secretary of state calling rush just as an act of aggression. this is washington backs the new korean authorities the billion dollar aid package. and in other news cairo bands hamas says activities on its soil this is the head of egypt's army trumps his strongest hint yet that is running for president call. welcome back welcome if you just joining us this is the false been killed to date. we've been reacting to vladimir putin's first statements since that if every twenty seconds ouster of ukraine's president and the subsequent move by moscow's forces on the crimean peninsula with the swans and then judah. a journalist to let end up a peaceful because united perhaps in a minute. for politico this weekend's of the author fred jolly repel russia fell in and out of love with lavender putin from brussels check member of the european common read or re check in here and studious she's a former member of the duma natalia. now its mainstay of the russian institute for democracy and cooperation city big old who teaches a
visited ukraine's capital kiev yesterday. the obama administration is considering slapping russia with economic sanctions as early as this week. a live report from washington on the crisis at the top of the hour. >>> 5:35 now. the alameda county coroner's office tentatively identified a 56-year-old oakland man as the one who burned to death in a fire early saturday morning. authorities believe it's richard fang after seeing his driver's license but don't know for sure, because his body was so badly burned. investigators say his body was set on fire in an alleyway outside his 34th avenue apartment. police say the fire is considered to be suspicious. the apartment complex was also the scene of a fatal home invasion last month. police are trying to determine if the incidents are related. >>> hundreds mp people are mourning the loss of an east bay teen. 14-year-old jenna betti, hit and killed by a train sunday. she dropped her cell phone on the tracks and was trying to retrieve it. about 1,000 people attended a memorial at martinez junior high last night, held candles and shared stori
of state john kerry has just arrived in kiev to offer the u.s.' support of ukraine's new government. and it's just been announced a $1 billion loan to protect its economy from reduced subsidies from russia. vladimir putin in a lengthy press conference threatened further military action in ukraine if they see it as necessary. he said he sent troops into crimea in response to a coup. he says ukraine has no legitimate leader right now. >>> joining us is mr. posner. we just heard the press conference. he gives a very different set of circumstances. he says it's not an invasion. it's a response to a need of humanitarian aid. do you believe there is reason to trust vladimir putin's assessment of the situation in the face of different packfacts the ground? >> first of all, i have to tell you i've been around for a long time. and generally speaking, i don't trust politicians. he said that the threat of armed conflict in the crimea no longer exists. that's a very flat, open statement. and i think it's an important one. he also said that he understands the people on the square in kiev. he understands
. >> still ahead, we continue to follow all of the developments coming out of ukraine and a report live from independence scare and kiev. >> facing an all american dilemma, caring for loved ones or putting them in a nursing home. al jazeera america gives you the total news experience anytime, anywhere. more on every screen. digital, mobile, social. visit follow @ajam on twitter. and like aljazeera america on facebook for more stories, more access, more conversations. so you don't just stay on top of the news, go deeper and get more perspectives on every issue. al jazeera america. consider this. the news of the day plus so much more. answers to the questions no one else will ask. >> it seems like they can't agree to anything in washington no matter what. >>> welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm del walters. returning to the top story and the crisis in ukraine, viktor yanukovich is calling the protests fascist. >> independentens square they are talking about the people that died. you hear the somber music of the funerals. 80 people died trying to fight the police that was ope
. gox stock withdrawals to prevent a panic. there is the same concern happening in ukraine. getting cash in kiev has become a challenge. the company is trying to raise $35 billion from foreign donors. it does not help that the country's coffers are empty according to the new premier. he says the former regime moved $70 billion into offshore accounts before fleeing. kovych is in moscow where he gave a news conference this morning. he says he is still president and the current parliament is legitimate. security is another issue in ukraine. pro-russian armed gunmen took over the airport on the peninsula of the southern tip of ukraine. we are looking into this issue. with a militia member working to keep order in a city largely abandoned official law-enforcement. >> is a 22-year-old college graduate who grew up 200 miles outside kiev in the largely pro-europe western union. he joined antigovernment protests that broke out last year manning the barricades with thousands of others. on one side? >> today, he is one of thousands of volunteer militia members tasked with keeping kiev safe. >> they
that the kiev government includes the parties from eastern ukraine. >> absolutely. and that's what -- ukraine is very, very divided. it's not just about looking east or looking west. there are lots of different ethnicities and crimea is mostly russian speaking and there are giant swaths to the east that are russian speaking. they are afraid because they are afraid they are going to be persecuted, that their schools are going to be closed. i talked to several of them here today and they are either worried that they are going to be persecuted or that the russians are going to come in and percent cute them because they are western-leaning. a lot of fear, quite frankly. >> lots of unknown. you're in sevastopol. jessica, thank you very much for giving us that update there live from crimea. we are going to talk much more about all of these developments coming up with former u.n. ambassador john bolton, including the phone call that our president barack obama made to president putin and i understand that conversation lasted possibly like an hour and a half. we'll get more on that as well. gregg? >>>
. >> ukraine's parliament is meeting in kiev as it attempts to form a caretaker government. lawmakers are hoping to select a cabinet and name a prime minister. members of an armed pro-russian militia took over two government buildings in the ukrainian region of crimea. >> jennifer glasse reports for us. russian newsagencies report that russia has agreed to ensure the safety of former president viktor yanukovych. will that be a popular move where you are, in crimea. >> it will here in crimea. this is a pro-russian area. we have talked to a lot of folks here, who say "we are russian and speak russian", and they say they belong to russia. at the building behind me there's a standoff. armed groups went into the building and took it over. this area - crimea only became part of ukraine in 1954. the fleet became part of ukraine in 1978. before that it was russian. they feel they are part of russia. it will be a challenge for kiev. and how to arrest it. there has been tendencies. >> what is happening inside the seized government buildings in southern ukraine. >> we know there are armed men in
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in kiev. let's get the latest from what he has to say. remember, ukraine mobilizing its military within the last 48 hours. as russia tie-ins its grip on the crimea. ryan chilcote has been joining -- following the story by kiev -- from kiev and he joins us by phone. foreign secretary arrived here earlier in the day. like you said, there is going to be a whole number of foreign ambassadors and secretaries who are coming here. saying thatbeen russia complained that its interests in the east and the south of the country when it comes to the russian speaking population had been ignored. of course, first and foremost, he is saying that he is in ukraine to express his support for ukrainian sovereignty. i think we can expect quite clearly him to work very carefully with secretary kerry of the united states who will be in late tonight and with the ukrainians tomorrow morning to do what he can to prop up ukraine but at the same time tried to, with a way to punish russia. to speed with the latest military situation. clearly a mobilization has taken place over the weekend. but it is not clear who i
. the secretary of state john kerry will meet with members of ukraine's new government in the capital city of kiev tomorrow. the obama administration says it is ready to work with other countries to provide support for ukraine's broken economy. alexis christoforous cbs news. >> on a cross country trip to raise awareness about the crisis in his homeland. he's a performer for cirque du soleil and he stopped by last hour to talk with phil matier. >> you don't see the future. you don't see the forward thinking. you don't know what's going to happen next day. >> the help ukraine project has a web site to raise funds for ukranian people fighting for political reform. >>> a popular bay area park is closed to visitors this midday. they have close and area of point rays national seashore to protect seal pups. visitors are being asked to stay at least 100 yards away. >>> now is the time to apply for a permit. only 300 hikers are allowed to use the mountain's metal safety cables each day. permits are issued as part of a lottery so you can apply at any time and still have a chance to stand atop the dome. just
recognizes the parliament in kiev. he said there's no need to send troops to ukraine. he said use of force was the last option. that's the latest from president putin. let's bring you up to where we are in this crisis. ukraine's envoy says russian has deployed 16,000 troops here in crimea. russian said its troops went in on a written request from the ousted president mr. yanukovych u.s. secretary of state john kerry is due in kiev later today. they will start consultations on how to shore up ukrainian economy. let's just show you the pictures from the military air base a few hours ago. there was this shooting incident. what happened was the ukrainian soldiers, unarmed ukrainian soldiers singing the ukrainian national anthem, carrying the ukrainian flag marched towards where the russian soldiers were. these are russian troops who had taken over the military base. the ukrainians had been housed in a section of the base. they never actually left. but they wanted to take over or regain control of the area, the operational area where the russians were in control. there was some 300 ukrainians w
proposal. send russian troops back to their barracks in crimea and limit numbers to a ukraine-mandated ceiling of 11,000. send in international monitors. the osce has military observers at the ready. this would pave the way for direct talks between kiev and moscow leading up to those ukrainian elections slated for may 25th. we start with nbc's ian williams in kiev to unpack all of this. ian, what can you tell us? >> reporter: hello. like you, we're waiting to hear from paris. waiting to hear what's been achieved if anything today. i guess the best we can hope for is that at least they've spoken. at least the meeting went on far longer than we thought. now there wasn't a lot of hope here in kiev when the making started. when it became clear that the russians wouldn't sit down with ukraine's own foreign minister who was there. also, just ahead of this meeting, sergei lavrov, the russian foreign minister, had flatly denied again that there are any russians troops in crimea. he said, "how can we pull them back? how can we stop an occupation when these are self-defense forces? thes
that ukraine. the interim government in kiev is calling him a wanted criminal. today victor yanukovich resurfaced in russia after a week on the run and it clear that he was ready to continue the fight for ukraine's future. it's not yet clear if he's in a position to do that we haven't heard from him within seven days but now the two dental coverage is back on the scene at the skating on thin you'll far too soon can. it was legible reveal its secret as you are aware. power in ukraine has been seized by nationalists. produce fascist youngest is representing an absolute minority in ukraine set your intentions were to do it. yanukovych angry he pointed his finger in western countries he said prevent a crisis when it is true that the paucity of the on ramps to and the victims. the loss of life. this is the full consequences of these political crisis. he says the results of the irresponsible policies of the way of screwing delves them i dun protest is going on. back on the my time in kiev and crowding isn't a yanukovich ana ca arabia to them. he's a spent force with that. to dream. new csa n
first public appearance since he fled kiev after security forces switched sides saying he was still alive, still ukraine's legitimate president and that he would fight for ukraine. he blames the violence on protestors that he calls pro facists. he says he does not recognize any of the new laws passed by the former opposition, now the parliament because he didn't sign them himself, including the new may 25th date for a national election. meanwhile, russian speaking gunmen seized two airports this morning. the main airport and a smaller military airport. officials now say that ukraine is in control of both airports. the government in kiev meanwhile called an emergency session of their own security counsel. some reports suggest that a statement of emergency could be declared. >> a former middle school student suing her own school district saying they knew a janitor was harassing children and they knew about it. she complained about andre edwards touching her inappropriately when she was a student in 2001. but no action was taken against the janitor. ten years later, police investigatin
on in ukraine right now. peter is live from kiev, managing director at dragon capital. tell us what it is like. what is the mood and climate? what are you hearing from the crimea? >> thanks for inviting me on this show. it is always good to be there. what i can say about ukraine and the kiev in particular is the situation and he is --kiev is quite calm. it is not business as usual but it has scaled back in terms of intensity compared to what we had a week or so ago. news from the rest of the country is quite volatile. we are hearing some news that there is some sort of standoff between different groups in the east of the country. and obviously you have crimea which is an entirely different ballgame altogether. it is quite volatile and contrasted whether you -- when you look at different parts of the country. that is what i can say right now. vladimir putin is fully aware of the u.s. and the western perspective here? he's using this as a chance for them to take back territory that was mistakenly given away before. there is definitely elements of that. one thing that one has to understand about
allies to do. joining us from kiev is andriy shevchenko, a member of the fatherland party. good to have you on the show today. the new prime minister, arseniy yatsenyuk, warned that ukraine is on the brink of disaster. we vice-president hearing claims of the russian ultimatums. what is the biggest fear from the kiev government right now? >> well, i think what we are witnessing is not just a military invasion into ukrainian territory. russia is taking the whole world into the cold war era. we are really seeing the events which are unfolding as a major threat not just to our state hood and integrity, but to peace and security throughout the whole world. >> yulia tymoschenko, a former prime minister released from prison, she said there's a russian bill discussed in the duma calling for the annexation of crimea. have you heard that? >> it's information from the russian parliament that a bill has been registered in the russian parliament. it's too hard to tell whether it's political bluffing on behalf of the russian lawmakers or part of vladimir putin's plan. we see it as unacceptable, not j
passions the -- aspirations the government in kiev might have, the russians were here. >> ukraine is in the middle of a diplomatic proxy war between the west and russia. as of now we have a government in could ef that harbours -- could have a government that harbours the area. >> did the local pro-russian politician think the naval forces would leave them? >> it's impossible, and he's almost certainly right. >> is crimea on the brink of war or separation. it's hard to know if anyone is listening to what the leaders in kiev have to say. >> back in the united states a warning from the secretary of state, russia begins military exercises near ukraine's borders in a few hours. john kerry said it is no time to interfere, and adds he's assured by the russians this the manoeuvres were scheduled before the recent uprising. >> we believe that everybody needs to step back and avoid any kind of provocations. we want to see in the next days ahead, obviously, that the choices russia makes conform to the affirmation that we received today. >> as jennifer says, ousted president viktor yanukovych
land crossing to the rest of ukraine. >> catherine: in kiev, the capital, the ukrainian government is appealing for help after what it's calling an act of war. >> catherine: as many as six thousand russian soldiers now occupy positions around ukrainian army posts on the peninsula. >> catherine: in leview, in western ukraine, troops loyal to the government are mobilizing so far the two sides have only traded verbal shots , on the floor of the united nations. >>this action by the russian federation constitutes an act of aggression >>it's well known who created the crisis in ukraine, disputing the absolutely legitimate actions of legitimate authorities. >> catherine: russia has strong ties to crimea. >> catherine: the peninsula was part of russia as recently as 1954, when soviet leader nikita khrushchev handed it over to ukraine. russia's black sea fleet is still based here. >> catherine: a majority of the people still speak russian. like this army veteran waving the russian flag, many of them welcome the russian takeover. >> catherine:idering legislatiot could ultimately lead to the
is in kiev. christian amanpour joins me in new york. the facts on the ground indicate that ukraine has effectively lost the peninsula. tell me, what es t's the mood i capital? >> reporter: there is a great sense of anger among many of the ukrainians. you speak to men in the square and they say they are pretty much prepared to fight for their country, to fight to maintain ukraine's territory. people are singing patriotic songs. behind that, you get the sense that people are deeply concerned, even fearful about what a full blown conflict with russia. the giant neighbor to the east of ukraine, would actually mean. the interim officials of the administration here in kiev, they have been saying they want this to resolve diplomatically. at the same time, they have called up their reservists and started putting them on a military footing. there is a real sense tension and dane jury? the air, john. >> also, matthew chance in dehe have, anger, fervor, concern. christiane amanpour, you just spoke to the woman who cob the central figure in ukraine's future. what is she saying right now, anger, fe
and eastern regions of ukraine, which has ultimately polarized ukrainian society. >> reporter: back in kiev, rumors of war stirred differing responses. this couple, a ukrainian woman and russian man, urged calm. >> ( translated ): we are against the conflict. we are for peace and friendship. we do not want war. >> we do not want people to kill each other. we want people to live peacefully everywhere, on all continents and everywhere in other countries. >> reporter: but others seemed ready to man the ramparts. >> we have no fear at all. now our children are going to military registration offices. and if needed, we will create people's emergency volunteer corps and we will protect our state. >> reporter: in moscow, thousands marched sunday in support of putin's move into ukraine. >> to give up ukraine for the benefit of radicals would be very bad. putin did a fantastic thing when he forced georgia to peace. the same thing needs to be done with ukraine too. >> reporter: yet not all russians agreed. a small protest outside the defense ministry resulted in about 40 arrests yesterday. >> ( transl
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